How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy Test


The disappointment of a negative pregnancy test is crushing – especially if you were sure this time it would be positive! These tips on how to recover from yet another negative pregnancy test are from my own personal experience

Coping with sadness and depression when you’re trying to conceive doesn’t get easier – and neither does recovering from the disappointment and heartache. You’d think it would, since most things are easier as time passes! Not infertility.

Heartache comes in all shapes and sizes – from finding out that you “failed” a pregnancy test to learning that you can’t have children. We don’t survive setbacks as easily as we’d like, because we were created to love and nurture children. So, if God created us to have kids…why are some of us coping with infertility, negative pregnancy tests, constant disappointment and heartbreak of not being able to get pregnant?





The obvious answer is that our world is a fallen, broken place that is filled with pain and heartache. The difficult answer is that we don’t know why some of us never experience the joy of a positive pregnancy test or the pain of actually giving birth. I wanted to have a baby – we tried for years to get pregnant – but that is a blessing I’ll never have.

The bad news of another negative pregnancy test isn’t easy to recover from, especially if you fear that you’ll never get pregnant. But the good news of God’s unfailing love and grace for you will never go away – unless you put it down.


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How to Recover From a Negative Pregnancy Test

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me,” said Jesus. “Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30, The Message.

How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy Test

How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy Test

Whatever you’re looking for can be found in Him. If you long for rest and the peace that surpasses all understanding, look no further than the love of God that already exists in your heart. If you long for healing from the pain of yet another negative pregnancy test, put your heart into the gentle, kind hands of Jesus.

And, know that everyone has to face pain – even if they’re walking with Jesus. Especially if they’re walking with Him, because they’ll see the world with more compassionate and loving eyes.

Allow the grief to wash over you

I’ve been feeling listless and sad for about a month now, which is highly unusual for me – I’m usually a positive, optimistic, energetic person who bounces back from almost anything! But yesterday I realized that I’ve been hit with a couple of doozies in the past month. My sister decided to cut me out of her life for no reason, and my husband and I found out we can’t have kids.  Of course I feel listless and sad; I’ve been hit with some pretty harsh news.

Grieve your sadness and disappointment that your pregnancy test is negative. Allow yourself to feel the pain, frustration, anger, loneliness and heartbreak of not being pregnant. Turn your heart and soul to God; share the burden and grief with Him. Put your pain on His shoulders – let Him carry you and your grief for awhile. Jesus is strong. He can handle it.

Let yourself go for a day

Instead of fighting your sad, angry, disappointed, hurt or frustrated feelings, let them wash over you when they rise to the surface. Take the day off work, or the afternoon. If you just found out you’ll never get pregnant and you have a box of pregnancy tests that’ll never be used, take the week off! Let yourself weep and wail. That is how you will heal.

It’s definitely not fun to feel all that pain and all those bad feelings; in the midst of it you might feel like you’ll die or go crazy! I know how it feels. Grief can be like you’re losing your mind.




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But the only way to heal from the grief and recover from the disappointment of yet another negative pregnancy test is to feel the pain. Feeling those nasty overwhelming emotions is much better than shoving them down or expressing them in other ways, such as overeating, drinking, doing drugs, or treating others inhumanely.

Let yourself descend into darkness – and hold on to the hand of God. Give your heart over. You’re aching and sad right now, but your joy will return. Mourning lasts through the night…and joy comes in the morning!

Stay connected to your husband

Don’t give up on your relationship with the man you love. Don’t put up walls, don’t focus on how your husband doesn’t understand you or care about how you feel. When you’re facing heartache as a couple, you may be tempted to pull away or initiate fights – but when you do that, you perpetuate the problems. Staying connected with loved ones could involve painful honesty, nonjudgmental attitudes, self-acceptance, and even counseling.

Maybe it’s as simple as holding one another when you cry over the negative pregnancy test, or going for quiet walks together. The most important thing is to stay real and honest about your feelings, even if it’s just to yourself (because not all feelings have to be shared).

Change your focus for a little while

Sometimes the best way to recover from the disappointment of not being pregnant is to distract yourself. Take a break from the heartache of another negative pregnancy test and the disappointment of not being pregnant. Take a deep breath, and look around at the goodness that exists in the world.

Take joy from the little things. Distract yourself with funny movies, vacations, new restaurants, different yoga classes (like laughing yoga), new recipes, watercolor classes at the local school or college, new hobbies, road trips, belly dancing lessons, and so on. As important as it is to feel the heartache, it’s also healthy to take a breather every once in awhile. The best way to recover from disappointment of another negative pregnancy test is to pull away from reality for a little while.

Has infertility left you with empty arms? Have you wondered “Why am I dealing with another negative pregnancy test?” I welcome your comments below. I can’t offer advice, but you may find it helpful to share what you’re going through.

Hold on to your hope

How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy TestIn When Infertility Books Are Not Enough: Embracing Hope During Infertility, Betsy Herman describes the emotions of trying to conceive, dreams of motherhood, long waits, and more than four years of trying to increase fertility while trying to get pregnant. Similarly to an infertility devotional book, Betsy tells of encouragement that she received along the way. She focuses on the truth that nothing is impossible with God.

Throughout her challenging personal journey, Betsy built a steadfast understanding that God is good in all seasons, regardless of how many negative pregnancy tests you’ve experienced. If you need encouragement in your delayed dreams, then this book is for you.

You are not alone.

After years of trying to conceive, many women read infertility books about the best ways to get pregnant, try new fertility foods, look for signs of infertility and tips on how to get pregnant faster. We turn to infertility devotional books for encouragement. Hopes rise with infertility treatments, late periods, or even after reading tips to get pregnant on an infertility blog. The causes of fertility problems in women and men are often unknown, but one thing is always true: you can still choose love, joy, peace and gratitude even if you never feel the heady excitement of a positive pregnancy test.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” said Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

May you experience healing and comfort, peace and joy, love and light. I pray for life to enter your heart, body and soul. I pray that you find freedom from grief, and acceptance of God’s love and sovereignty in your life. May the Holy Spirit fill you, guide you, and bless you. Amen.

Do you know why your pregnancy tests are negative, month after month? This article may help: Find Out Why You Can’t Get Pregnant – 4 Fertility Checklists.




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9 thoughts on “How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy Test

  • Laurie Post author

    Dear Sam,

    I don’t believe God is punishing you by not letting you get pregnant because you had an abortion! Our God is just, yes, and requires us to face the mistakes we’ve made…but He does not continue to hold on to our past failures. Our sins have been removed from us, as far as the east is from the west.

    The only person who is continuing to punish you for the abortion is you. If you’ve shared your heart with God, asked for forgiveness, accepted the love and grace of Jesus into your heart…you are forgiven.

    Now, you need to learn how to forgive yourself. And, you need to see a negative pregnancy test for what it is: a problem many couples have when they’re trying to get pregnant.

    I encourage you to talk to a good Christian counselor, and learn how to accept God’s forgiveness. If you continue to hold on to your guilt and shame, then you’ll always feel God is punishing you – whether it’s through negative pregnancy tests, infertility, or even three children who are difficult to handle! The shadow of guilt and shame you feel isn’t from God. It’s from the deceiver, the liar, the evil one who wants to keep you down.

    What do you think about all this?

  • Sam

    I’ve been trying for sometime I often feel that when I had an abortion at a very young age that I am somehow being punished by God. If this is my repent for killing my baby I will have to accept the fact that I will no longer have any kids in this lifetime.

  • Anita

    I don’t know what to say except I’m feeling like death is better than getting another negative pregnancy test. I’m feeling depressed, angry and fed up with everything and everyone. I give up with trying. This had been the most painful journey of my life.

  • Laurie Post author

    Dear LadySheena,

    Thank you for your tip about not testing too early! I thought I was pregnant because I missed a full month, but it turns out I had an intestinal parasite 🙁

    I didn’t want to get too excited because I thought it would be a negative pregnancy test….and it was. It’s always hard to take.

  • LadySheena

    I’m here trying to find encouragement and strenth from others. I’ve been trying for 3.5 years, and lost a pregnancy in the second trimester almost a year ago. Thank you for the courage to share what most of us feel when it’s difficult to conceive. One tip I will share to others, don’t test too early. if you test too early you’ll spend the next week in pure emotional agony waiting for AF. And who knows, it could be a false negative. It’s better to spend that week in hopefull anticipation rather than bitter disappointment.

  • Laurie Post author

    I made the mistake yesterday of telling a woman to relax, she will get pregnant soon! But she has been trying to conceive for only 3 months…it takes most couples a year on average to get pregnant.

    We know we cannot have kids, and we decided not to try IVF. But every month when I get my period, I feel disappointed and sad. I always hope that it will happen one day…

  • Jen

    I have tried to have a positive outlookand envisioned myself having beautiful kids with my husband, but still nothing has happened. We have been trying tlfor two years now and I get upset, depressed, and pissed off when I hear when someone else is pregnant before me, and it is usually the people who should not have kids!!!!! I am just tired of people telling me that I need to relax and not worry about it.

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for your comment – I agree that a positive outlook is essential! I know how disappointing it is to get yet another negative pregnancy test…but staying hopeful that you WILL get pregnant one day is really important.

    But, part of me is cautious. Sometimes infertility can’t be changed, no matter how positive or even prayerful you are.

  • Amy

    It is essential to keep a positive outlook regarding becoming pregnant and giving birth to healthy children. To do this, you must change the inner picture of yourself. Instead of seeing yourself as infertile, see yourself conceiving and giving birth to healthy children! This will take some mind renewal, but the reward of a precious baby is well worth the effort.